[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly cloudy
Mostly cloudy
69°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
November 14
1935 - Voters approve $22,000 construction bond to build a bigger Saugus School. WPA kicked in another $17,181. [story]
Saugus School


Now and Then in the SCV | Commentary by Darryl Manzer
| Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
Darryl Manzer

Darryl Manzer

Earthquakes are a part of living in California. I’ve got a few memories of being in a pool and having the water slosh back and forth during a “minor” one. I had just moved from Benicia in 1989 to Virginia when the Loma Prieta quake hit.

I was stationed in Connecticut in 1971 and missed the Sylmar shaker. Same with the 1994 Northridge quake. So now that I’m back, does it mean the quakes will go someplace else? I hope so.

When I lived in Virginia, folks would ask me what an earthquake was like. I couldn’t explain it. Not long ago they learned all about one.

Moving back West I did in stages. First stage was to Western Kentucky to a little town called Cadiz. It was recommended that we get earthquake insurance. You see, that town is about 80 miles from New Madrid, Mo. That is the place where the strongest quake in the lower 48 happened in 1811. It was so strong that for a time, the Mississippi River flowed backward and church bells as far away as Baltimore shook enough to make them ring. I know I’m going to hear about the big quake at Fort Tejon in 1857, but I do believe the 1811 one in New Madrid was stronger.

I got the insurance. Actually it was cheap, when I compare it to what I paid for hurricane protection in Virginia.

An earthquake policy here isn’t cheap, either. But it is worth it.

In 1898 there was a pretty strong quake that folks at the time blamed on all of the drilling in Pico Canyon. It didn’t get to the stage of folks gathering torches and pitchforks and marching up from Newhall in protest – but they were sure it was the wells in Pico.

FEMA photo by Robert A. Eplett, 1/17/1994

As in 1971, elevated freeways in the Newhall Pass fell in 1994. FEMA photo by Robert A. Eplett, 1/17/1994

With every natural emergency we feel a need to connect with family and friends who may have been affected by whatever calamity befell them. Earthquakes, brush fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, even a Tsunami when I was in Hawaii for a while gave reason to try to connect.

Those times, such connections are nearly impossible. Phone lines jammed and unable to reach anyone. I know that in the 1994 quake – the anniversary of which just passed on Thursday – we finally got information by calling my niece in Long Beach who had talked to family here in the SCV and all was OK, or good as could be expected.

What we saw on television in Virginia about that quake was enough to scare anyone but had the greatest effect on us ex-pat Californians. We could see the flames from broken natural gas mains burning in the streets along with water from fractured water lines flowing around the flames.

And the freeways were down. Like in 1971, that high connecting ramp from the 14 to the 5 had dropped. Worse yet was that anytime there was a new report, the East Coast TV used those shots to open and close reports on the quake.

The Pico Cottage in Mentryville, where the writer lived in the 1960s, was knocked off of its foundation and its porch roof fell off in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Photo circa 1995 by Leon Worden.

The Pico Cottage in Mentryville, where the writer lived in the 1960s, was knocked off of its foundation and its porch roof fell off in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. Photo circa 1995 by Leon Worden.

A very graphic but terrible connection for us to see, and that one is etched deeply into my memory.

And then there was the picture of Pico Cottage damaged. Moved nearly six feet off the foundation and the porch roof down on the porch floor. I cried. Hadn’t lived there in 28 years but my home was damaged. A connection was nearly gone.

Mow that the holiday season has passed and the new year has started, have all y’all thought about those connections you only make at holidays or emergencies? Those little everyday connections mean so much, no matter what the occasion.

My dentist, Dr. Dell Goodrick on Lyons Avenue, went to Carpinteria High School – as I did, too, if only for one semester. We can talk about the streets and byways of that town and connect. His office is on a street I traveled many times each day to get to school and other events from Mentryville. Another connection.

These connections are important to all of us. I can drive to Mentryville and just stand in the parking lot, breathing in all of the rich connections of memories of a place I love. Is there a place like that for you? Is there someone or something you’d like to reconnect with or keep the connection going?

My sisters tell me that when we lived on Drayton Street in Saugus (I lived there from ages 2 to 3), we would go to the Saugus Café and I loved the pancakes. I don’t remember that, of course. But the other day I realized I had been going to that restaurant for more than 61 years. What a connection there. Hey, the menu is about the same, too.

So, leave the malls and connect with something more substantial. Call or visit a loved one or friend. Drop by a nursing home and take the time to talk to someone so they can have a connection, too. Go see Old Town Newhall, Mentryville, Hart Park, Heritage Junction or wherever. Maybe you’d like to see Fort Tejon and the many splendors of Gorman, Lebec and Piru. Take friends and family along.

In making those connections now, there is a connection when emergencies arise. Please don’t miss those connections. They might not come again.

 

Darryl Manzer grew up in the Pico Canyon oil town of Mentryville in the 1960s and attended Hart High School. After a career in the U.S. Navy he returned to live in the Santa Clarita Valley. He can be reached at dmanzer@scvhistory.com and his commentaries, published on Sundays, are archived at DManzer.com. Watch his walking tour of Mentryville [here].

 

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

1 Comment

  1. Stephen Petzold says:

    Very nice piece with great suggestions.

Leave a Comment


Opinion Section Policy
All opinions and ideas are welcome. Factually inaccurate, libelous, defamatory, profane or hateful statements are not. Your words must be your own. All commentary is subject to editing for legibility. There is no length limit, but the shorter, the better the odds of people reading it. "Local" SCV-related topics are preferred. Send commentary to: LETTERS (at) SCVNEWS.COM. Author's full name, community name, phone number and e-mail address are required. Phone numbers and e-mail addresses are not published except at author's request. Acknowledgment of submission does not guarantee publication.
Read More From...
RECENT COMMENTARY
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
In his November column, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin addresses the dangers of vaping and what the city is doing about it.
Monday, Nov 4, 2019
Light Up Main, coming up on November 16, has cemented itself as the most popular annual happening in Santa Clarita, Mayor Marsha McLean notes.
Sunday, Oct 20, 2019
In the employment law field, everyone’s talking about AB 5, the new law that’s supposed to address all the confusion about who is and who isn’t an independent contractor.
Saturday, Oct 19, 2019
Some people find the college financial aid process intimidating, if not overwhelming. But when it comes to completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, better known as the FAFSA, the fear is misplaced.
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019
New Medicare Plan Finder tool helps you pick your Medicare plan online.
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019
In his message for October, Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Striplin invites the community to join in celebrating the Santa Clarita Skatepark's 10th anniversary.

Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
Two people were killed and four others, all students, were wounded when they were shot at Saugus High School Thursday morning.
2 Dead, 4 Wounded in Saugus High School Shooting
“Shooter, Shooter! There’s a shooter!” That was the first thing Saugus High School 10th-grader Nathan Ephren remembers hearing while he walked onto campus Thursday morning.
Saugus High Shooting Survivors Share Their Stories
Public officials released statements and posted social media comments Thursday in the wake of the Saugus High School shooting Thursday morning.
Officials Weigh in on Saugus High School Shooting
The Santa Clarita community responded quickly to come to the aid of those affected by the shootings at Saugus High School Thursday morning.
Community Reaches Out to Those Affected by Saugus High Shooting
It was like any other day of the week for the Branch and Beltran families — making breakfast, getting ready for the day’s routine — until they heard a swarm of police surround Saugus High School on Thursday morning as an active shooter incident developed.
Centurion Way Residents React to Saugus High Shooting
1935 - Voters approve $22,000 construction bond to build a bigger Saugus School. WPA kicked in another $17,181. [story]
Saugus School
Today in SCV History (Nov. 14)
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve the transfer of the operation of the John Anson Ford Theatres to the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association.
County Names LA Phil New Operator of Ford Theatres
The candidate filing period for the March 3, 2020, Presidential Primary Election is now open, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean C. Logan announced Tuesday.
Filing Period Now Open for 2020 Primary Candidates
The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District will hold its regular meeting, Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 14: Greater LA County Vector Control Regular Meeting
Five College of the Canyons students won the People’s Choice Award at the International Interior Design Association's LA Haunt Couture show on Thursday, Oct. 24.
Five COC Students Win Interior Design Award
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors passed a motion authored by Supervisor Janice Hahn and co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl Tuesday to address the Board and Care crisis throughout the county.
LA County to Intervene to Prevent Board and Care Closures
Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies detained a man Wednesday who reportedly threatened to jump from a freeway overpass, after a reported disturbance on an out-of-town bus trip.
One Detained in Bizarre I-5 Freeway Disturbance
With the holiday season just around the corner, the College of the Canyons School of Visual and Performing Arts, or VAPA, has an exciting lineup of shows that are sure to delight family and friends of all ages well into the next year.
COC Visual, Performing Arts Sets Holiday Concerts at PAC
The Women’s Council of Realtors of Santa Clarita Valley invites local residents to help celebrate the installation of its 2020 Board members at the Sand Canyon Country club on Friday, November 22, at 6 p.m.
Nov. 22: Women’s Council of Realtors to Install 2020 Board
Santa Clarita veterans and residents are invited to board a Santa Clarita Transit coach for a patriotic ride to Knott’s Berry Farm for on Sunday, November 17.
Nov. 17: City Bus Service to Knott’s for ‘Military Tribute Days’
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion by Supervisors Kathryn Barger and Hilda Solis that adopts a framework and associated funding to help the county's cities address their individual homelessness challenges.
County Adopts Initiative for City Homelessness Funding
The Sulphur Springs Union School District board of trustees was scheduled Tuesday to consider the authorization of a $78 million bond measure to be placed on the March 2020 ballot.
Sulphur Springs Considers $78M School Bond Measure
The Santa Clarita Valley’s top cop, Capt. Robert Lewis, took a moment Tuesday to reflect on a county report showing the SCV Sheriff’s Station received the second-highest number of commendations from the public and tied for third place for receiving the most complaints among Los Angeles County sheriff’s stations, bureaus and divisions.
Capt. Lewis Reflects on Latest OIG Findings
The Santa Clarita City Council voted Tuesday night to extend a temporary ban on new sales of flavored tobacco products through October 2020.
City Council Extends Moratorium on Flavored Tobacco Products
Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom joined the California Museum, the state's official history museum, in announcing the 13th class of inductees into the California Hall of Fame.
Dec. 13: Induction of California Hall of Fame 13th Class
Detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station would like to hear from Castaic residents who might help solve a series of property thefts from vehicles late Monday night.
Detectives Seek Info on Vehicle Property Thefts in Castaic
Department of Water Resources officials lifted a caution advisory Friday about the threat of algae for both Pyramid Lake and Castaic Lake.
Algae Threat Removed for Pyramid Lake, Castaic Lake
A man identified by deputies as a transient was arrested in Newhall on the weekend on suspicion of attempted arson after allegedly setting magazines and papers on fire and then throwing them in planters.
Detectives Arrest Transient on Suspicion of Attempted Arson
1966 - Pico No. 4 oil well listed as a National Historic Landmark [story]
Pico No. 4
%d bloggers like this: